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21 Apr 2009

Roberto Paci Dalo': Atlas of Emotion Stream at PAN Naples

© Roberto Paci Dalo', Atlas of Emotion Stream, 2009
Courtesy of the artist.

Roberto Paci Dalo': Atlas of Emotion Stream at PAN Naples


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Atlas of Emotion Stream

Video-sound installation by Roberto Paci Dalo'

Roberto Paci Dalo's newest work is inspired by Giuliana Bruno's book 'Atlas of Emotion' published in New York in 2002. The installation is made out of a large black and white projection and sound. The sound is immersive also using subwoofers for particularly low frequencies reproduction. That puts the visitor/traveler in the center of the perception field. Sounds are made out of field recordings and electronic sounds. The project is conceived on three different formats: installation, film screening, and live set.

Emotional geography. The city as a filmic essence emerges from its porous geology. The images are sometimes slowed down and linked by a glimmering black-and-white cinematography. An inner 'volcanic' journey that starts from the surface of an almost anonymous place: a coffee bar. Then the bar with its own chemistry becomes an entrance to the underground world of collisions. Motion vs. Emotion, the cinema is a means of transport. It's a domestic, corporal, mortuary, olfactory, acoustical place. A crater leading to the city itself, to its grid references. The city is a skin-like porous substance. It's a map of moving places that changed ourselves. With Atlas of Emotion Stream the city shows its filmic body. An emotional cartography of the lived spaces and life trajectories.

As Giuliana Bruno writes: 'Rather than the description of an elsewhere, mapping turns out to be a domestic enterprise. The cartographer travels domestic, so t speak, as she maps her own territory. Cartography, a public form of knowledge, is actually a private journey, mapping of one's own–a drawing of one's own home. No wonder only one map was drawn in a lifetime. Perhaps, in the end, one can aspire only to chart a single graphic design and expect to spend a lifetime drawing it: the one imaginative map, the map of one's home.'

Atlas of Emotion Stream
Co-production Fondazione SDN and PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli
in collaboration with Giardini Pensili, Fondazione Morra, Velvet Factory

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Roberto Paci Dalo' is artistic director of Giardini Pensili and Velvet Factory (Rimini). Artist, filmmaker/theatre director, and musician, his work have won him international admiration and support from among others John Cage and Aleksandr Sokurov. Member of the Internationale Heiner Müller Gesellschaft Berlin, recipient in 1993 of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD award. His work – drawing, installations, music, film, theatre, performance – has been presented throughout North and South America, Russia, Middle East, and Europe, in such spaces as Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna Opera House, The Western Front Vancouver, Museo Nitsch Napoli, Ars Electronica Linz, Fundacio' Joan Miro' Barcelona, Biennale di Venezia, Locarno Film Festival, Charlottenborg Copenhagen, ZKM Karlsruhe, Budapest Autumn Festival, SKIF Saint-Petersburg, MaerzMusik/Berliner Festspiele. He is working in Naples on the project 'Quartiere dell'Arte' together with the Fondazione Morra. Roberto Paci Dalo' was born in Rimini and spent his childhood on the Lake Garda. He lived in Berlin and Rome. He currently lives and works in Rimini and Napoli with residencies in Vancouver, B.C.